JEFF KOONS GETS BLUE BALLS AT DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY

May 9, 2013  |  art

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On the heels of the debut of his monumental new balloon animal sculptures with Gagosian Gallery at the Frieze Art Fair, Jeff Koons kicked off the first of his two additional mega shows in NYC this week with the opening of his "Gazing Ball" exhibition at David Zwirner Gallery. Comprised of large scale new white plaster sculptures of classical Greco Roman figures and everyday modern objects  balancing electric blue glass "gazing balls" (you know, the tacky things you see in suburban gardens) the show is a great study of Pop Art contrast and the kind of tongue-in-cheek irony Koons is so famous for (how he managed to refrain from calling the show "Blue Balls," though, will forever escape us). Of course, Koons has a great philosophical take on the entire affair to transcend its inherent tackiness, summed up in the following mind-numbing artspeak:

“I’ve thought about the gazing ball for decades. I’ve wanted to show the affirmation,
generosity, sense of place, and joy of the senses that the gazing ball symbolizes. The Gazing Ball series is based in
transcendence. The realization of one’s mortality is abstract thought and from there, one is able to have a concept
of the external world, one’s family, community, and a vaster dialogue with humankind beyond the present. The
Gazing Ball series is based on the philosopher’s gaze, starting with transcendence through the senses, but
directing one’s vision (the philosopher’s gaze) towards the eternal through pure form and ideas.”

Love it or hate it, the show certainly reinforces that Koons is, in fact (according to the current issue of New York Magazine), "the most powerful American artist since Warhol," and it's obvious that nothing's going to get in the way of his burning out of our collective retinas in an attempt to surpass Andy once and for all. Next up in his whirlwind tour of art world domination this week: a rival show of new work opening tonite at Gagosian Gallery. Stay tuned...

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Additional photography by Noel Tolentino

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